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Nico Rosberg claims day one honours for Mercedes after topping second free practice in Bahrain.

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Stephen N - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 1:09 PM

I think its too early to comment on who was doing what. It was a test so everyone is carrying out thier own test programs.
We must just wait until Sunday............

«2PAC»

March 12, 2010 1:11 PM

and after these two practice sessions what have we learned??? .....absolutely NOTHING we didn't know before.

The new teams are off the pace and we don't know which if any of the top teams has an advantage over the others.

anyone trying to read anything into these times is crazy. the only time we'll know anything is after quali.

andrew.

March 12, 2010 1:17 PM

Me? Crazy?! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Aye, you're no far of there mate. You may have a point :p

My main concern about these times is with HRT. They are miles away (in F1 terms). If they don't get their act together quickly they will become a rolling road block. I saw the end of practice 1 when Senna was on a hot lap. After sector 2 he was 15 second off the pace. Thankfully, he aborted the lap. You could actually see that the car was really slow. It just wasn't happy in the corners at all.

Taz - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 1:21 PM

Andrew,

Spot on about the HRT car, thats an accident waiting to happen.

The virgin car looked a handful, the lotus looked a bit more planted....but very slow.

Konrad - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 1:29 PM

I know one should not read too much into these times but as a Sauber supporter, I am a little bit worried. were they only on long runs or are they this slow? :?

As for the new teams: Lotus is doing a very fine job. They are the newest team, but they got their car ready, got some milage on it and look like a team. Despite their slow pace, I feel they will improve and deserve their spot on the grid.

HRT... why did they not just paint their car totally blue, because all they will see is the blue flag anyway!

andrew.

March 12, 2010 1:37 PM

The HRT cars will need an orange flashing light on the air box if they don't speed up.

I think the FIA should really step in and stop them from racing this weekend. What I think would be fair is to allow them a test session to get their car to a safe race standard for the next race.

LoveF1

March 12, 2010 1:45 PM

A brand new team would probably be expected to be at the back of the grid at the initial races, but there's a difference between that and being so slow that the team and drivers' become a laughing stock. Hope that DOESN'T happen, for the sake of the team and F1 in general.

Senna was about 7 secs behind, in combined times, so it can only get better. I just hope HRT can get it together sharpish, or this will just be held up by F1 detractors as the clearest indication of a flawed selection process.

It's one thing to was your dirty linen in public but off the track...and yet another thing to start washing it in public on the race track, in the full glare of the world's media, new fans, etc.

LoveF1

March 12, 2010 1:56 PM

I agree with Andrew to an extent for this weekend. I'm no F1 expert, but I think Charlie Whiting should have some special dispensation for Sunday's race. The FIA should seriously consider telling the HRT's to slow right down (almost park it) when the faster guys are closing in on them at speed.

If the first 2 get past on a straight, the other 4 or 5 might not get another chance for another 7 to 10 seconds, till after another 2 or 3 corners or hairpin and that could make a huge difference to the race. Protests and stewards' enquiries are the last thing we need at the first race of a brand new season!

Quali should tell us a lot more tomorrow :blush:

BahrainTestingTwin - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 1:58 PM

Mercedes have just let slip on auto bild that some of the updates are not going to be added until we come to europe. No specifics unfortunately, I also would not read too much into the practice times. I think the other 3 teams are holding out somewhat, perhaps Mercedes were too. Either way, it looks as if Rosberg will be allowed to race Schumacher!
Glad to see the spirit of racing is alive and well at the silverarrows :)

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